After loss at SMU, Temple looks to bounce back Saturday vs. UCF

Matt Leon
October 21, 2019 - 3:50 pm
Temple Owls quarterback Anthony Russo (15) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University will be back home on Saturday night for a key American Athletic Conference battle with the University of Central Florida. 

The Owls fell to 5-2 on the season (2-1 in the AAC) this past Saturday with a 45-21 loss in Dallas to #16 Southern Methodist University. The Mustangs' high octane attack was in peak form against the Owls as SMU finished with 655 yards of offense and 34 first downs.

Temple head coach Rod Carey was impressed with the Mustangs.

"I think they played really well and executed at a high level on Saturday," Carey told KYW Newsradio. "Then on the flip side of that, I think we executed about as bad as we have all year. So you put those two things together and you're going to get a game like that."

While the result wasn't what Carey wanted, he says his team fought to the end.

"They played hard and so anytime you've got that as a platform, you've got yourself a chance," Carey said. "I still really, really like this team and the way they're battling and the way they're going about it. So we'll get some things corrected here and get back to work because we have that good foundation."

UCF is also 5-2 overall on the season and 2-1 in the AAC heading into Saturday. The Knights are coming off a 41-28 win over East Carolina University this past weekend. 

UCF averages 44.3 points per game. 

"They're explosive on offense and then you flip on the defensive side and you wonder what you're going to see, but they are really explosive on defense as well," Carey said. "They've got guys that can run around and certainly execute in the open field. It's just overall a really explosive and talented team."

Last year, Temple lost to UCF down in Florida, 52-40.

Saturday night's game gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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